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  • Chairman of the North East Region Health Authority (NERHA), Tyrone Robinson, has commended the staff and management of the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital for providing first-class healthcare to patients.
  • The hospital, which is the largest health facility in the region, serves approximately 360,000 patients, primarily from St. Ann, St. Mary, Trelawny, Portland and also from Clarendon and Manchester.
  • “This is the main health facility in the north east region and we have to constantly be on our toes. It is a Type B hospital and is the referral hospital for the three general hospitals and 70 health centres located in Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann. We also have patients coming in from faraway parishes that we also have to serve,” he pointed out.

Chairman of the North East Region Health Authority (NERHA), Tyrone Robinson, has commended the staff and management of the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital for providing first-class healthcare to patients.

“Oftentimes, without fanfare, they go beyond the call of duty to ensure quality service to our patients and (by) showing the kind of professionalism that now makes St. Ann’s Bay one of the premier health facilities in the country,” he said.

Mr. Robinson was speaking to staff during a recent visit to the facility.

The hospital, which is the largest health facility in the region, serves approximately 360,000 patients, primarily from St. Ann, St. Mary, Trelawny, Portland and also from Clarendon and Manchester.

Mr. Robinson informed that nearly $300 million has been spent to upgrade the facility over the past several years, including work on the restroom and outpatient facilities.

The paediatric nursery was recently expanded and equipped at a cost of $23 million to include the provision of incubators, infant warmers, bassinets, suction machines, and piped medical gas to each bed.

Bed capacity at the hospital has been increased from 300 to 340, the female medical ward has been expanded, and there has been overall improvement in the aesthetics of the hospital.

Mr. Robinson noted further that the customer-service areas have been greatly improved and measures will be put in place to reduce waiting time for medical services.

He noted that as the main trauma centre on the north coast, the hospital also serves overseas visitors.

“This is the main health facility in the north east region and we have to constantly be on our toes. It is a Type B hospital and is the referral hospital for the three general hospitals and 70 health centres located in Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann. We also have patients coming in from faraway parishes that we also have to serve,” he pointed out.

Mr. Robinson said the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital has earned accreditation status for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and is now a premier training facility for both interns and nurses.

He informed that the hospital has received substantial support from the private sector, noting that a number of hotels have consistently contributed to the needs of the facility.